Hidden Microchip Art

CNET’s article, “What art is hiding on your microchip?“, exposes the tiny world of microchip art.

More than 10 years ago, Michael Davidson went looking to capture the beauty of microchip circuitry in photographs. In among the transistors and wire traces, he found something unexpected: Waldo.

Waldo is just one of many different doodles burned permanently into numerous microchips. Similar to the Easter Eggs of programmers, these etchings were a sort of competition among engineers to invent the most elaborate drawing and stake their artistic prowess.